Putting an iPhone together from spare parts sounds like a daunting project. And according to Scotty Allen, a former software engineer who did just that, the hard part is finding the parts, not putting them together.
As Allen notes in a blog post describing the project, the phone is likely built out of recycled parts from older devices that have been disassembled in Shenzhen. The video documents Allen’s traversal of back alleys to find phone shells, finding a shop to put together a screen assembly from the dispute components, and his efforts to source a working logic board. Allen dives deeper into the process on his site, which is well worth a read if you’re interested in finding out more on how the phone came together.